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Multi-criteria evaluation model for the selection of architectural consultants


  • Franco Cheung
  • Judy Leung Fung Kuen
  • Martin Skitmore


The selection of a competent architect is vital to the success of a development. Like in many developed countries, developers in Hong Kong select architects based on a set of criteria. Price is not the only consideration in the process, and decisions rely heavily on subjective judgement. By conducting a questionnaire survey, the research reported here identified the common criteria for selection and their relative importance for an objective selection. This involved the use of an evaluation method called the analytical hierarchy process (AHP). Survey data from projects with similar characteristics were used to compute the criteria weights. Multi-criteria models for seven out of 27 categories of project were built with reference to the computed weights derived from the survey. In addition, a computer program, called the Architectural Consultant Selection System (ACSS), was designed to illustrate a logical approach for the evaluation of prospective consultant architects based on the models constructed.

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  • Franco Cheung & Judy Leung Fung Kuen & Martin Skitmore, 2002. "Multi-criteria evaluation model for the selection of architectural consultants," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(7), pages 569-580.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:20:y:2002:i:7:p:569-580
    DOI: 10.1080/01446190210159818

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    1. Patrick Sik-Wah Fong & Sonia Kit-Yung Choi, 2000. "Final contractor selection using the analytical hierarchy process," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(5), pages 547-557.
    2. Sai-On Cheung & Tsun-Ip Lam & Mei-Yung Leung & Yue-Wang Wan, 2001. "An analytical hierarchy process based procurement selection method," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 427-437.
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    1. J P Pastor-Ferrando & P Aragonés-Beltrán & A Hospitaler-Pérez & M García-Melón, 2010. "An ANP- and AHP-based approach for weighting criteria in public works bidding," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, vol. 61(6), pages 905-916, June.


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